The Protégé Short Course provides an in-depth introduction to ontology engineering in the Web Ontology Language (OWL). We cover best practices in ontology building and the latest Semantic Web technologies, including OWL 2, RDF and SPARQL. We also cover topics such as collaborative development, and data access and import from different data sources.

Most of our course is hands-on. During the hands-on portion of the course, participants will learn how to navigate the latest version of the Protégé and WebProtégé toolsets, which support the full OWL 2 standard. Protégé is the most popular and widely used ontology editor in the world with a vibrant community of over 300,000 registered users.

The course is taught by members of the Protégé team. Enrollment is limited to ensure optimal learning experiences.

Target audience members include everyone who wishes to develop or enhance their skills for building OWL ontologies using Protégé. The course can benefit both beginners with no prior experience of the Protégé toolset and/or ontology development and intermediate users of Protege Desktop or WebProtege. In order to provide a successful learning experience, we expect that the participants are proficient with common computer usage tasks (e.g., downloading files, installing applications, copy-n-paste, using a text editor, using a Web browser, etc.).

Special Rates: We offer a 10% discount from regular registration rates for two or more from the same organization through March 1, 2017.


  • Steps in the ontology development process
  • Semantic Web technologies, e.g., OWL, RDF, and SPARQL
  • OWL 2 language, reasoning, and querying
  • Collaborative ontology development
  • Import from spreadsheets and other data sources
  • Linking to existing databases (OBDA)


  • Learn best practices in ontology modeling
  • Learn to avoid common ontology development pitfalls
  • Hands-on use of the Protégé toolset
  • Practice new skills with optional modeling assignments
  • Direct interaction with the Protégé team
  • Network with fellow Protégé users
  • Explore the beautiful Stanford campus!


Questions? Please contact the course organizers.